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country has elected a president while the election results in florida remain too close to call. many are asking when it comes to voting why is the sunshine state still in the dark? >>> and bieber breakup. word that justin bieber and selena gomez have split. while they might be sad, a lot of 'tween and teenage girls are likely shrieking with joy, "today," saturday, november 10th, 2012. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm erica hill. general david petraeus was one of the most revered figures in washington. a four-star general known for turning around the war in iraq. >> he was even considered a potential presidential candidate, so his admission that he had an extramarital affair, forcing his resignation as cia director, has set off shockwaves around washington. it was discovered as part of an fbi investigation, and it's got many wondering did he compromise national security, and is there more to this story? we're going to have much more just ahead. >> and that is not the only big story in our nation's capital. president obama and ho
was hurt. >>> redefining the term fashionably late, florida has finally weighed in on the presidential election. good for florida. the state finished casting its votes on saturday four days after the rest of the country did. president obama got 50% of the vote to mitt romney's 49.13%, a margin of 74,000 votes. the win not only adds to the electoral college, he gets the pressure off florida's back. >>> the bbc's director general has resigned under pressure less than two months after he took the job. he will step down saturday night after a news program wrongly implicated a british politician in a child sex abuse scandal. this followed a bbc decision not to air similar allegations against one of its own stars who police now say was one of britain's worst pedophiles. >>> great britain has been largely silent today. the nation is observing remembrance day, a day set aside to honor the men and women killed during the two world wars and other conflicts. members of the royal family attend add service in london. >>> only in new york can you see a ginormous hello kitty balloon floating down the
vote, president obama is ahead 303 votes to 206 and we are awaiting results from one state now, florida. if the president were to win the there, that would mark a sweep of all but one of the battleground states. >> that is right, because north carolina went into the romney column. in terms of the popular vote, the president holds the lead with nearly 2.7 million more votes than governor romney. president obama will go to the white house today and facing a divided congress with the republicans maintaining the majority in the house, and while the democrats strengthened their hold in the house. there were some hot button issues, while colorado approved medicinal marijuana and maine and maryland became the first state to approve same-sex marriage by public vote. >>> well, for the second time i2 mismo sexo, se hizo en voto northeast na is going to be bearing down on the east coast. >>> and kristin welker had a late night covering the obama campaign, and she is joining us from chicago. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, savannah. president obama is waking up as a two-term president.
at these county returns, very closely, and i'm obsessed here a little bit watching orange county. florida is going to be razor tight all night. >> i would love geeking out with chuck todd. chuck, thanks. >> paul ryan's home state has fallen to the democrats. >> midwestern firewall is holding for president obama. >> that wisconsin call is such a big deal because it is now just ohio away for the president. >> we've been following florida. want to go back to the drama. >> 2,000 beep remembers going off for all the lawyers already in florida because everybody knew this would be a tight race. >> do they still use beepers down there, do they? >> speaking to obama campaign officials who say that they like what they are seeing right now. >> in the words of one source close to the romney campaign so far this night is stinging. >> it wasn't a very romantic campaign. >> hang on, chuck. hang on, chuck. >> here we go. >> we've got some critical calls. >> yes, we do. >> let's see now, roll them. ohio, president obama. >> brian, there's no what ifs anymore. that's done. >> gone from excited to election. take a m
florida, virginia, colorado, iowa, it's very close. the toughest state here to make this se ncenario work would be nevada. it's a state a that a lot of republicans and democrats slightly leans in the democratic category. but it's not an implausible scenario. if nobody got 270 then the house of representatives would decide who the president was, but the u.s. senate would vote on who the vice president was. that means the most likely outcome under this scenario is a romney/biden scenario. >> another scenario if ohio is too close to call. >> here's the problem with ohio. they have a new law that says provisional ballots, and these are ballots that are questioned there, maybe somebody didn't bring an i.d., maybe a signature is off, they will let you vote, but you get put in a separate stack. they wouldn't even start counting them until november 17th. today is still november 6th. so in 11 days, let's say the margin is less than 50,000, there's likely to be over 200,000 provisional ballots cast in ohio. they wouldn't start counting those until 11 days. . they wouldn't start counting until then.
're waiting for results from just one state this morning, florida. if the president wins there, it would mark a sweep of all but one of the battleground states. >> that's right. governor romney won north carolina. in terms of the popular vote, the president holds a narrow lead, nearly 2 million more than governor romney. president obama will return to the white house facing a divided congress once again. republicans maintaining their majority in the house. the democrats actually strengthening their hold on the senate, including elizabeth warren's defeat of incumbent massachusetts senator scott brown. one of the most watched races of the election. one of the most expensive as well. we'll talk to senator-elect warren a little bit later. >> as we've been doing all week, here's the headlines. "usa today" headline, "obama triumphs, midwest the key and political divide remains and in "the columbus dispatch." ohio wins with ohio. the "boston globe" reads "economy kept obama afloat. blocked romney win, and here's a forward thinking headline in "the wisconsin state journal." observers say paul ryan no
will be in florida, ohio, new hampshire and virginia. >> while both men have a number of different ways to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win, we call that the path to victory, but who has the clearer path this morning? we're going to break it down with nbc's chuck todd. >> and as residents of the northeast move forward with their cleanup from hurricane sandy, we're going to ask the question how will that storm impact voter turnout in parts of the country tomorrow? >> and, of course, sandy still fresh in our minds and our hearts. people still trying to recover an dig out. there's a new storm targeting the region in the coming days. we want to get right to al roker who is on hard-hit stinld with more on that. good morning, al. >> good morning, savannah. house after house, instead of cars in the garage or the driveway, they have boats, and they are planning to get some of these boats out of here starting today, but that may be hampered by an oncoming nor'easter which normally we wouldn't be that worried about, but because of the weakened beaches and infrastructure this could be a big, big
the florida sun. the new carnival cruise ship breeze docked in miami with a 14-story tall inflatable turkey. celebrating the ship's inaugural voyage today. >>> and this is one way to get everything you need for your thanksgiving feast today. build yourself a huge grocery cart. one grocer built a motorized cart 12 feet long and 9 feet tall complete with a steering wheel and motor. it took them two years to build this. and he did it as a way to draw attention to his business. and as natalie knows, we won't be needing a grocery cart because we're going to the restaurant for thanksgiving. >> and it'd be perfect for my costco ones. overflowing. thanks so much, andrea. now let's head down to the parade route and al for a check of your weather. hey, al. >> reporter: good morning, guys. we have got a perfect morning for the parade. it's about 43 degrees. the ocean spray float there. over here, hello kitty is getting ready to take flight in a brand new balloon, as well. it's a perfect day. and for a lot of folks, it is going to be a record-breaking thanksgiving day, warmth, we're talking temperature
, more on jill kelley and her life as a florida socialite. >>> now let's get a check of the other top stories this morning from natalie over at the news desk. hey, natalie. >> good morning, willie and savannah. good morning, everyone. yet more trouble for the military this morning as a four-star u.s. general has been demoted for inappropriate behavior on the job. general william kip ward, former head of the u.s. africa command has been stripped of a star for allegedly spending tens of thousands of dollars on lavish travel and unauthorized expenses. ward will have to repay the government $82,000. >>> another major recall this morning from toyota as the auto giant pulls some 2.7 million cars worldwide. the recall involves faulty steering and a water pump problem on some prius models but no reported accidents have been linked to these issues. just last month toyota had to recall some 7.4 million cars due to a fire risk in the power windows. >>> let's head to wall street struggling over the last few years. cnbc's courtney reagan over at the stock exchange. >> it has been a tough couple of
's just breaking this morning. we have a quick review. it all began when jill kelley, a florida socialite and married mother of three complained about ma racing e-mails. the fbi said it traced those e-mails to this woman, paula broadwell, a married west point graduate and biographer of david petraeus. >> keep with us. that led to the eventual discovery of a romantic relationship between broadwell and general petraeus, and now general john allen is involved over his correspondence with the original woman, jill kelley. all sounds a little confusing, it is. let's get right to nbc's andrea mitchell who can help us sort it out. andrea, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. it is confusing. yet another military general drawn into an fbi investigation that prompted the resignation of cia director david petraeus. marine general john allen replaced david petraeus as commander in afghanistan last year, but allen has now been caught up in the fbi probe that led to petraeus' resignation as cia director. overnight the pentagon announced allen's nomination to be commander of nato has been del
. kelley's connections reach outside of florida's social circles all the way up to the white house. >> reporter: jill kelley and her sister were twice at a white house luncheon, and with their families toured the white house on november 4th, two days before general james clapper, the director of national intelligence was even told about the petraeus scandal. kelley mentioned the visit in an e-mail to tampa's mayor book buckhorn, a friend. saying ps i was at the white house with my friends in the administration this weekend. the stress was surreal. white house officials say the kelley sisters were invisited by a mid level staffer. kelley was bipartisan in her outreach. she and her sister dropped in on a small fund-raiser by marco rubio two years ago. the kelley sisters did not pay, just arrived, posed for the picture and soon left. in another message to tampa's mayor last march, kelley wrote she was trying to stop a local shock jock known as bubba the love sponge carrying out his threat to deep fat fry the koran. e-mailing saying i have petraeus and allen both e-mailing me having to
in u.s. history and we hope this man is holding the winning ticket. >>> fighting back. the florida socialite caught up in the scandal that took down david petraeus now defending herself. why she says she's been unfairly portrayed and may sue the u.s. government. >>> a young star of "two and a half men" stays he's sorry about hez comments but he's not taking anything back, wednesday, november 28th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm savannah guthrie. we should explain something. howie, who we just showed you, is allegedly the lighting designer here at the "today" show but more importantly he's the keeper of the office pool. >> and has been, he says for five years. i've been giving this guy money for ten years. not sure where it's going help. takes it very seriously. gets very disappointed if we don't win. calls us from his home in monte carlo to tell us the news. here's what it's going to look like, if we win
, from florida to california. >> this year seeing people line up, i am astonished, never seen that in my years in retail. >> reporter: history making in part, because some major retailers like walmart, toys r us, target and sears kickoff their doorbuster deals before thanksgiving leftovers get a chance to cool down. >> retailers are opening doors earlier, they want to get that customer in, take away market share from retailers like amazon. >> reporter: online retailers are planning their own black friday deals, hoping americans prefer to point and click to a bargain. some companies do a little of both. >> they're hoping if you walk into the store to pick up another item you bought online, you go in and pick up a couple more items. >> reporter: in all, 147 million americans will take advantage of black friday weekend sales. 4% more than last year. while some say the focus on christmas shopping takes away from thanksgiving's true meaning, these hardcore shoppers say there's no better way to celebrate. >> we do it as a family, it is kind of like oh, we're not going to spend thanksgiving awa
is under investigate. >>> and a florida woman could have jail time for a very unusual crime. gloria gutierrez was arrested on a misdemean or warrant for ridig a manatee. guite rees at midded to police she touched the manatee but claim she did not knee it was illegal. in case you're wondering, the possible penalty for bothering a manatee, $500 fine and six months behind bars if you're convicted. >>> and this could be run for the record books. this 23-year-old successfully completed 47 backflips in a row at a college football game saturday night. did it for a record. if confirmed the army second lieutenant and former cheerleader smashed the old record of 35 consecutive flips set only last month, and she's still dizzy, i think. >>> the rolling stones mark their 50th year at a band last night as a band. mick jagger shows he still has the moves like jagger, and they rocked the first of five shows celebrating their five decades jamming together. it is now 7:15. back to matt, savannah and al. first run, original run of cheap seats 6.50 and jagger joked to the people in the cheap seats, hel
, and then goal. choreographed. or in florida, putt, putt, putt, putt, putt, in the hole, in the hole, in the hole, that's a world record. there we go, guys. play ball, the best soccer goal. the long bicycle kick in sweden. how about this one. >> amazing. >> wow. >> best football play. can you do this, watch the quarterback, a bounce pass and he takes it and throws it for a touchdown at westminster academy in florida. if it's a backwards. our oops of the mount. yao ming on the links, maybe not. >> in brazil, gets the rebound. he's wide open, once, twice, three, and you know what? all four shots were on the wrong basket. there you go. >> hey you go. in north carolina, they blocked the winning field goal, the high school goes nuts and celebrates, and while they are celebratie i the kicking team picks it up and runs it in for a football. another case of premature exhilaration. >> and in brazil, how to stop the offense. have the trainer run on the field and kick the ball away. next time you parachute into a soccer game in ecuador, try not to hit any of the players. >> and in new jersey, junior hockey,
election day forecast, some heavy rains start to move into the northeast and florida but elsewhere most of the country is looking >>> as you view out near palo alto this morning, you can see clear skies. a few high clouds going by right now. mid 70s this afternoon. redwood city, 78 degrees. look at san francisco and oakland. one big climate. 75 to 80. that should be where most of the temperatures will be for inland locations. hotter if you want to call it that tomorrow. mid to upper 80s and then a big-time drop in temperatures with raindrops returning by thursday. >>> and for the rest of your weekend forecast, the election day forecast, you can always check out but today is sunday. that means tonight is "sunday night football" night in america. there's a lot going on outside. it's all about what's going on inside in the georgia dome as the cowboys head over to the falcons. it's looking like the outdoor weather will be cooperative. mostly clear. temperatures about 60 to 63 degrees but, again, the heat is on inside the georgia dome for sunday night football night in america.
days early, a few diehards set up camp, tents and all, outside a best buy in ft. myers, florida. >> hi, merry christmas. >> reporter: maybe they're just keeping up with the early rush. almost 50% have started their holiday shopping. remember these scenes of stores opening insanely early friday or even thursday at midnight? this year, some of the big retailers, toys 'r' us, sears, k-mart, and walmart will open at 8:00 p.m. on thanksgiving. just about the time many are sneaking leftovers. >> i think 8:00 is the perfect time because you're finished with dinner. you can go walk it off and then you go back home. >> reporter: the stores have a chance to get your dollars before someone else does. >> the problem is, if everybody does it, all you're really doing is pulling sales forward and making them happen earlier this year on thanksgiving day rather than waiting until the friday. >> reporter: and remember cyber monday, the online shopping day? well, that's moving up, too. as customers try to dodge the black friday crowds, more are shopping from home or work that day. retailers are making in
for the multi-state lottery. she is at florida lottery headquarters in tallahassee this morning. sue, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> so it's kind of a gloomy morning for people who are waking up today if they don't live in arizona or missouri. what more information can you tell us? can you narrow this down at all? >> unfortunately, what we do is the lotteries have secured procedures that they like to follow. and once arizona and missouri have done their steps that they need to, they'll be releasing the town and the retailer that they were purchased in. >> and we should mention, by the way, powerball tickets are not sold in every state, it could be possible that someone drove into arizona, for example, from california or nevada to buy a ticket, right? >> that's correct, especially in arizona. >> all right. so what are the logistics now? if you are the person out there and you've got that winning ticket or what you believe to be the winning ticket, what steps should you take immediately? >> the first thing you should do is sign the back of your ticket. because until you do th
-octane embrace of president obama. florida senator marco rubio on a fast track with those who say he's a republican solution to their problem with hispanics. >> if i do a good job in the senate, if i'm a serious policy maker, i'll have a lot of opportunities to do different things. in politics, outside of politics. >> reporter: and there are some party leaders who still long for former florida governor jeb bush. and you can argue it's too early to even be thinking about 2016. but ask yourself, when did barack obama first start dreaming about becoming president? matt? >> we're really going to get into this, aren't we? >> how about jeb bush versus hillary clinton? >> oh, gosh, we're just getting over it. >> we can't help ourselves. thanks, good to see you. now we want to get a check of the weather and that nasty storm that's hit the northeast in the wake of sandy. al, good morning. >> good morning, savannah. yes, we've got about 7 inches of snow here, some areas as much as a foot. the good news is, it's getting out of here. and it's cold too. i mean, it has been awfully chilly. look at
downtown minneapolis. we've got 50s there, 80s down in southern florida, 70s in southern texas, 40s in the pacific northwest where we have a lot of fog to deal with and rain along >>> 7:38 on a thursday morning. good morning, i'm meteorologist christina loren. live look over the bay bridge in san francisco. just a few clouds here. take you into san jose where it's mostly cloudy. our system of low pressure that's slated to bring us showers is coming up from the south. as we head throughout the day today, that sunshine out there right now, oh, it's going to be limited come about 1:00, 2:00 p.m. 67 f redwood city and 66 in sfrachbsan francisco. as we head through tomorrow heavy rain on the way. >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thanks. >>> up next, the rolling stones on their 50 years together. the band's image and what catapulted them to the top of the charts right after this. my friend told me about a great new way to get deals. it's called bankamerideals, from bank of america. i choose the cash back deals in my mobile or online banking. i just use my bank of
be brewing for one of the biggest ones of all. walmart. mark potter is live in doral, florida this morning. mark, good morning. >> good morning, savannah. about a thousand protests are scheduled around the country and walmart is trying to stop them. most of them will be happening on the busiest shopping day of the year. >> we are the workers! the mighty walmart workers! >> a few of the protests have begun. >> this one tuesday out outside a walmart near los angeles. store workers and stoare complaining about hours and retaliati retaliation. >> the wages are low. sometimes we have to rely on family help. >> they're very good with the prices. but the prices are coming out our pockets. >> some are upset about working on thanksgiving when walmart begins special sales at 8:00 p.m. >> they say they care about associates and want what's best for them. because if it was, we wouldn't be working on thanksgiving. >> walmart workers who are nonunion plan to hold strikes and protests at a thousand locations around the country on black friday, the day after thanksgiving. their goal is not to shut down st
know usual for new york city in november. we have folks from florida. what are you thinking of this november new york city weather? >> it's very cold. >> it's pretty good. i feel you. let's see where else it might be cold. pick city for this hour, heading to pocatello, idaho. sunny, 50 degrees. should be a beautiful black friday day there. across the rest of the country, dealing with fog in the northeast. also once again along the gulf coast. you see the line of showers cutting through? that's the cold front. literal dividing line between the heat and the chill. temperatures well above average out ahead of it. that big cooldown behind it, chicago, minneapolis record high yesterday. just in the 20s. but snow showers and of course the pacific northwest, still very unsettled. wind, rain from seattle over to . >>> good morning. 8:06. if you are heading about to catch some deep discounts, we have good weather. nice and clear. you don't have to fight through the fog. 73 in livermore. 71 in santa teresa. 70 in san jose. temperatures look great all weekend long. then we bring the ra
discovered threatening e-mails when sent to a woman in florida. she's now identified as a married mother who works as an unpaid social liaison on an air force base. she says she and the general are family friends. more on her straight ahead, and we'll have a live interview with petraeus' former spokesman who talked with him over the weekend. and then we'll talk with the political fallout of all of this with the former speaker of the house newt gingrich. >> let's get to the news first and nbc's andrea mitchell. she is the one who first broke this story. andrea, good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. law enforcement officials say that it all began with a complaint to the fbi last summer from a family friend of david petraeus as a woman who said she was receiving anonymous computer threat. that launched an investigation that eviolently brought down a storied military career, changed the leadership of the cia and has congress questioning just how the fbi handled this sensitive case. officials said david petraeus was not the target of fbi investigations into e-mails sent to broadwell. th
mix of fog and brush fire smoke caused a 50-car pile-up on i-4 in florida, killing four. in california, in 2007, dense fog caused this 100-car pile-up near fresno that killed two. and this is the time of year when fog can move in quickly. >> you get the longer, cooler nights and that basically allowed the temperature to cool all the way down to where that moisture can condense and produce some pretty thick fog. >> reporter: fog is notorious for distorting a driver's perception of speed and distance. experts advise to slow way down. don't forget to use your fog lights, not your high beams. and try to pull way over until the fog clears. overall, traffic fatalities continue to decline year round. over thanksgiving, 610 deaths in 2005 to a projected 451 this year, a 26% drop. thanksgiving is the single busiest travel period of the year for families, with 39 million of us driving over these four days, and sunday will be the single busiest day when so many people start heading back home. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >> once again, here's erica. >>> restaurant chain cracker barrel has
with a wide lead there, 51-43%, but a dead heat in florida, according to a cbs news, "the new york times" quinnipiac poll. and in ohio, mitt romney trails the president by about five points. >> how is all of this playing in the battleground this morning. headline in the miami herald, groups brace for show down. some worried about possible recounts, sending lawyers to their states. >> some other papers, denver post said obama ryan visits last in fight for colorado. strategists say the struggle isn't for undecided, it is to make sure registered voters actually get out and get to the polls. >> and the wisconsin sentinel says obama, romney make change, key issues on the stump. and new jobs report to consider. chuck todd, nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent, has more on all of this. chuck, good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. you may want to talk about other states, but i think it is coming down to one. polls close in ohio in about 105 hours. between now and 7:30 p.m. eastern time tuesday night when the polls close in ohio, an hour may not go by without one
what you got. tune in next week. we got susan from florida, and she's go a question about the boyfriend's family. >> what happens if you don't like your boyfriend's family? >> that's probably a good thing, because you don't have to date them, now do you? no, i'm joking. >> kind of when you start dating someone, you do date their family. my blessing or curse, the families always love me, it's the girl. >> you know, i had wonderful exchange with my uncle right around the time i was getting married. he was like, you know, it's nice if your family likes who you're with and vice versa, but when it boils down to it, if you're in a serious relationship, you spend most of your time with that person. your family, you love them, but probably see them thanksgiving, christmas, a cookout in the summer time. you see the other person 362 days of the year. >> unless you're all living together. how about you, have you ever dated someone and not got along with the family? >> i'm the same way, families like me. but that's right, don't have to spend a lot of time with them. >> here's a question along the s
barbara from florida and she has a question about the holidays. >> with the holiday coming, what's your favorite tradition here? >> go ahead. >> it's funny. because my brother just adopted a little baby from ethiopia, ella, she's coming with my brother, his wife, and my mom to my house for thanksgiving and we go to the parade. i'm so excited for ella to see that. that's kind of a new tradition. >> the one time of the year i cook. and i do all the traditional stuff my mom taught me how to cook. there's no changing. you don't mess with perfection. >> thank you, have a great holiday. >>> do you know how to present yourself to get what you want? we'll tell you how to walk into a room with something called executive presence. >>> what's worse, your refrigerator handle or toilet seat? >> what do you mean? >> germs, the kind you need to worry about. >>> the truth about healthy foods, nuts to wine. we'll give you the bottom line. >>> from australia's gold coast to our coast, the adorable cody simpson after your local news. ♪ you are my sunshine, my only sunshine ♪ ♪ you make me happy when
is don't play quick picks. >> reporter: florida player richard lustig says he's won the lottery seven times, pocketing millions in prize money. >> it doesn't matter how you pick your numbers. what matters is what you do with that set of numbers after you've chosen it. i teach people how to research that set of numbers to find out if it's a good set of numbers, and if it is, you play it, and you play it all the time. >> for this drawing lustig has bought several powerball tickets of his own, one of many hoping to hit the jackpot. tickets will continue to be sold until about an hour before tomorrow night's drawing, and if nobody wins tomorrow night, that jackpot will keep growing, and it's likely to top half a billion dollars. savannah. >> mara schiavocampo in midtown manhattan, thank you. now a check of the weather with al. >> thanks, savannah. big changes coming out to the west. you can see all the storms that are stacked up out there and that's going to be bringing in a lot of wet weather over the next 72 hours. as you look ahead you can see the rain making its way from northern cali
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